Big Scoob – Duality Review

The title aptly prepares the listeners for the tracks on this release. Big Scoob is a man of two extremes with gritty street tracks and much softer tracks , but with no middle ground on the spectrum.

The production is fantastic with a lot of variation in atmosphere, depending on how he is trying to come across on that song. The aggression is clear when it needs to be as well as things getting more emotional as Scoob needs it to. Maybe something a little more radio ready while having a tough edge would give Scoob more exposure, but he does well over these beats.

The lyricism is great, with the fast pace helping to show how talented Scoob is. He uses wordplay and alliteration especially well and his tone giving his delivery an extra edge. There is also good variation with flow and some light attempts at singing to help give another dimension to Big Scoob.

The features all do a great job of adding their own skills to the project. Some help lend their talents to the hooks with their singing while others lend even more authenticity to the album. There are no issues with the guest selection here as all they do is build on this album.

Overall, this is a top release from a talented artist. Big Scoob has done very well crafting this and can hopefully capitalise off this and get more of the recognition that he deserves.

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Tech N9ne – Planet Review

This release shows that while Rap may be a younger mans game, some titans work ethic will prevail. Tech N9ne has put the work in for a lot of years and with his twentieth release, returns to some of the best rhyming of his life.

The production is great with a lot of energy and perfect atmosphere where needed. Each song has a beat that responds well to the overall message being sent by the artists and helps build a cohesive listen. This selection of backings lends itself to a variety of content that stops the release becoming stale.

The lyricism is, unsurprisingly, sharp as ever. Tech N9ne doesn’t miss a trick and fills this project with clever lines and punches that show he has worked hard on his craft which has made him the number one independent rapper in the world. It is great to see him living up to that title.

The features all do a great job of helping to flesh this out and make it stand tall. Every one of them shows their particular skill sets and does the job that helps build the track they are on as well as keeping a high level of chemistry. A few more singers could have brought that dimension more to the foreground but there is still a good balance of guests overall.

In conclusion, this is a great album. Sure there are a few missteps, but no artist is perfect and Tech N9ne is as close as any other rapper when it comes to technical ability as well as core followings.

JL – DIBKIS Review

This release is a great showing of skills for JL and helps put his name into the public eye. Each track shows a lot of talent from the artist and how he is developing in his music.

The production is energetic and dark in a lot of places. There are a lot of songs with deep atmospheres to delve into and helps to connect with the listener. Maybe some more lighter beats could help give a more balanced experience but this is still a great backdrop for the stylings of JL.

The lyricism is amazing with a lot of clever wordplay and fast paced rhymes to keep things interesting and exciting. JL does a great job of displaying a variety of abilities through out the songs, but his hooks can be a little repetitive. However, that is the only real issue with his performance on here.

The features do great of expanding upon JL’s performance to increase the entertainment value of each song. All the guests did a great job of showing how well they can rap and/or sing, and help build this project up to an even higher level. The guest selection on here fill the criteria but maybe something further from his comfort zone could add another dimension.

Overall, this is a very deep project that connects with the listener while giving them an energy boost to their day. JL is a fantastic member of Strange Music and proves it with this album.

Joyner Lucas – 508-507-2209 Review

This is a collection of intelligent and clever songs from an extremely talented lyricist, that unfortunately runs a little long. Joyner Lucas shows what he is capable of in spectacular fashion, but 83 minutes is a long time to be listening to it.

The production is excellent, with plenty of different atmospheres and a few different influences for a lot of different feels through out the project. Each song has a definite creative wave that makes you hear the song through a certain filter that makes the words impact more. Some consolidation of the beats would be good so that there is not any overlap of similar offerings.

The lyricism is truly awesome, with Joyner utilising a lot of different techniques as well as varying pace and flow to demonstrate why he is one of the best lyricists out in the rap game right now. He shows the complete package with good hooks, verses and outstanding wordplay. Absolutely no objections to how Joyner Lucas performs on this album.

The features are good and help add a little more depth to this emotional rollercoaster. The choice to only have a few guests, who all do great work with the main artist, is smart as Joyner is so versatile, he uses the rest of the time to show how talented he is. It will be interesting to see who wants to work with him and vice verse in the future.

Overall, this is an amazing release that should wake up the music world to the star that is Joyner Lucas. He should be proud of this release and keep this momentum going.

Murs – Captain California Review

This release is fantastic as it shows Murs making songs for every rap listener to enjoy. At least one of these songs will appeal to everyone who enjoys hip hop as a genre.

The production is all west coast as expected from the title, but not so much the party side. It comes across much more classic and slowed down, to match Murs’ own style. Something faster paced and lighter could help this feel more universal, but Murs strikes a great balance for the stories he tells.

The lyricism is good, with a slower paced rapper finally getting some recognition. In an industry filled with fast paced, multi-syllable schemes, it is fantastic to hear someone take the art of wordplay and put it into the story telling that has been decreasing throughout rap. Murs shows another side of skills that everyone seems to be forgetting and doing it will great effect.

The features all do a great job of playing into the narratives on this album. Each lends a new voice which fits with the part it is meant to play and shows their own levels of skills. Maybe a little more singing could help with the softer sections, but the selection of guests on this works to the overall project’s advantage.

Overall, this is a fantastic release from one of the west coasts finest rhymers. Murs should be proud to uphold a craft that is dying out, in the ability to make interesting songs that don’t rely on energy or shouting.

Tech N9NE – The Storm Review

This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.

The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.

The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.

The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.

Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.

Kirko Bangz – Progression V: Young Texas Playa Review

This is an average mixtape with some very average tracks, but some stand out from the others. Most of the project is fairly forgettable but some get stuck in your head and once their stuck in their, they are stuck in for a while.

The production is good but doesn’t stand out as a great asset to the mixtape. The beats do go well with Kirko’s style on this project, but it doesn’t have that wow factor that makes them great tracks in comparison to mearly good ones, or even forgettable ones. It needs a bit more punch to take it to the next level.

The lyricism is alright but there is a lot of singing type lyrics which can be hard to stay interested in if your looking for wordplay. Many of the hooks and even some verses are sung and detract somewhat from the verses where the lyricism is more present. The verses have some shining moments but a lot of the mixtape is generic which is unfortunate.

The features are good, but make Kirko seem ordinary by coming across much stronger than he does. They are strong points on the project and do really well in showcasing their own talents, while unfortunately showing that Kirko appears to just be going through the motions on this one.

Overall, this is not a great mixtape and show that Kirko may need to put some more effort into future efforts if he wants to keep his audience interested. More punch from the production and from his lyrics will make him seem like a much more appealing artist.